There has always been something glamourous about having a pool in your backyard. It immediately conjures up daydreams of backyard BBQs, dinners with families, cooling off with a few laps after work, or taking a late night dip.  To avoid having the daydreams turn to nightmares, you need to keep up with your routine maintenance. Summer Smiles™ offers you five essential pool maintenance tips to ensure your pool provides maximum enjoyment and maximum smiles. Whether you’re opening your pool for the very first time or you’ve been a proud owner for years, these tips will help you will keep your pool water clean, clear and problem-free all season long.

  1. Keep the water moving

Pool maintenance starts with water circulation. There are several parts that make up your pool’s circulatory system; the skimmer, the pump, the filter, and the jets. Circulation moves the water around, and helps to carry debris into the filter. The better the circulation you have, the cleaner your pool is likely to remain.

  1. Check your water levels

Checking your pool water’s levels is super easy, thanks to readily available test strips and kits. You can do the test yourself at home, take a water sample to an authorized Summer Smiles™ retailer and get a free analysis  or download the Summer SmilesTM mobile app and let the app interpret the results for you. Check your levels once or twice a week during the summer. If you’re still using the pool during the cooler months, check it once a week or every other week. The key levels that need to be monitored and adjusted are your pool’s pH, and the level of sanitizer present in the water.

pH level

The pH scale measures acidity or alkalinity and runs from 0 to 14. A reading between 7.2 and 7.8 is ideal; this range is safe for swimmers, it helps sanitizers work at maximum efficiency and helps to prevent corrosion of your pool equipment.  If the pH is too low, you can raise it with Summer Smiles™ pH+. Too high? You need Summer Smiles™ pH-.  Simply follow the directions on the package and wait 20 minutes before swimming.

Sanitizer

Maintaining adequate levels of sanitizer is important for killing bacteria and microorganisms. Summer Smiles™ CHLOR or BROMA Ultra products will stop bacteria, germs, viruses, moss, algae and any other undesired living microorganisms from growing. BROMA Ultra comes in easy to dispense tablets that sanitize and disinfect with a gentle formula that is less irritating to swimmers’ eyes and skin.  The CHLOR ULTRA products come in four different varieties including CHLOR ULTRA 2 in 1 stabilized chlorine sanitizer that disinfects and keeps chlorine working longer. Whichever product you choose, make sure your water filtration and circulation are running throughout.

  1. Keep your filter clean, but not too clean

There are three kinds of pool filters: cartridge, sand and diatomaceous earth. While there are different maintenance procedures for each type, they all require periodic cleaning. Ironically, cleaning the filter more often than recommended can actually hinder the filtration process. A pool filter is most effective when it’s slightly dirty because the dirt helps trap other particles, which removes debris from the water. You don’t want to let the filter get too dirty, but how can you tell? Check the flow between the pressure gauge and flow meter. When that difference reaches 10 to 15 pounds (4.5 to 6.8 kilograms) per square inch; it’s time to clean. Then look for Summer Smiles™ KLEAN FILTER. It’s the perfect solution for optimizing the performance of all the kinds of filters.

  1. Cloudy water? Shock it!

Cloudy water is the result of excess bacteria and organic matter. Shok treatments kill bacteria and dissolve organic matter by drastically raising the chlorine levels over a short period. While you don’t want to shok your water too often and risk damaging your pool’s lining, you should aim to shock your pool at least twice every season. Summer Smiles™ SHOK treatments, dissolve even the finest particles of organic waste and remove chloramines and prevent algae growth. Whether you opt for Shok, Shok Ultra 3 in 1 or Shok Ultra, Summer Smiles will help you get your pool water clean, clear and bacteria-free.

  1. Don’t skip yearly servicing – whether you think you need it or not

Sometimes you need to trust an expert – especially when it comes to your pool’s pumps, filters, heating systems. At least once a year, have a pool service professional check your devices. But before your appointment, do your own pool inspection. Make a list of any leaks in the piping, holes in the lining, unusual sounds coming from the mechanisms, or odd smells coming from the water and be sure to mention them to your service professional. Even if you don’t find any issues; don’t be tempted to cancel your appointment. A trained professional may detect things that you missed and fixing a small problem now can save you from having to fix a huge crisis later down the road.

A swimming pool is a significant financial investment that brings huge recreational rewards. With the proper care, quality, worry-free products from Summer Smiles, you’ll reap the benefits of your investment for many years to come.